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Redeeming REDD by Michael I. Brown

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11  A new social contract for moving forward

What we have ignored is what citizens can do and the importance of real involvement of the people versus just having somebody in Washington make a rule.

Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Economics Laureate

Throughout this book I have argued that REDD programming has been technocratically obsessed and overly abstract. People are placed second in practice, despite the prevailing rhetoric of participation and, philosophically, the primacy of people in REDD.

I have asserted throughout the book that the privileging of MRV over social dimensions may provide comforting conviction that the REDD world makes sense, and rests on a secure foundation. Yet, I believe that this reflects on what Kahneman (2011) notes when he ...

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